Author Archives: Margaret Miller

Maple Eyespot Gall Midge: Odd and Alien Like Tree Problems. (Part 2)

Thank you Nick Sanchez (District Forester – Kent, Montcalm & Ionia Counties) for your contribution to the “Odd and Alien LIke Tree Problem blog! Maple Eyespot Gall Midge Ever get the feeling you are being watched? Every May, a tiny, mosquito-like fly called an ocellate gall midge, Acericecis ocellaris, emerges from the soil to mate More

Oklahoma City’s Survivor Tree seedlings have spread across the nation

  OKLAHOMA CITY – On an overcast Wednesday morning earlier this month, Mark Bays climbed into a white Suburban to begin the solemn annual ritual he’s practiced now for close to two decades. Tall, lithe and mostly silver-haired, he settled into the driver’s seat. From a tan and black reusable cloth grocery bag, he pulled More

The Silent Drama of Photography

  Check out this amazing video below: For renowned photographer, Sebastião Salgado, photography is a way of life and a language he uses to express things that hurt his heart or make him happy. Salgado’s projects have taken six to eight years to complete, requiring extensive travel and extreme lifestyle changes. In this TED talk, Salgado shares a More

Poop on a Stick: Odd and Alien Like Tree Problems.

Poop on a Stick: Odd and Alien Like Tree Problems. By: Margaret Miller, Director of UFP If you are anything like me you probably hike through the woods or stroll down the streets examining all of the trees and shrubs along the way.  I am sure, like me, you have encountered some odd and possibly More

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks – Brewers Grove – Tree Beer

The Brewers Grove project started in 2013 when local brewers asked Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) how they could celebrate being named Beer City USA by giving back to our parks and public spaces.  And the idea was seeded to create tree-themed beers that would be offered for a limited time with proceeds going More

Adirondack Tree Bark in Winter

It’s winter. Hardwood trees are bare. But that doesn’t mean the woods are bereft of interest. Winter, when sunlight slants in, is the time when bark comes into its own. Pause to take in the aged-brass bark of a yellow birch, or the hand-sized bark plates on a big white pine. Bark is beautiful. And More

What is Hemlock woolly adelgid? Why should it matter to me?

Written by: Margaret Miller Michigan has nearly 170 million hemlock trees across its forests making this tree a key player in many ecosystems. Hemlock trees are in the Pinaceae family and are medium to large evergreen. There are four common species in North America. Generally, you can identify a hemlock by its thick reddish brown More

CITIZEN FORESTER: A story of inspiration, commitment and love of nature.

Throughout my career I have been fortunate to work alongside many extraordinary people that have taught and continue to teach me about natural resources, passion, community, and life. Many of the Urban Forest Project’s Citizen Foresters, Citizen Forester Trainees, and volunteers have amazing stories that are uniquely unforgettable to me. Here is one such story More

Chief of Staff issues apology for tree removal from city park for Trump rally

MOBILE, AL (WALA) – An apology has been issued by Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s Chief of Staff Colby Cooper for his role in having a cedar tree removed from a public park to be used as “decorations” during President-elect Donald Trump’s rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday, December 17. Trump was in Mobile for a victory More

REAL VS. FAKE. The Annual Tree Debate.

The real tree vs. artificial tree debate is one near and dear to my heart for many reasons.  As the daughter of Christmas tree farmers, and a forester by trade, I most definitely have strong opinions.  Yes, you guessed it… I am 100% in support of people buying a real tree, but don’t worry I will examine this More